Easy and creamy Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup with coconut milk, peanuts, cilantro, lime and full of hidden veggies. Make on the stove, slow cooker or turn into a freezer meal.

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Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup

Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

This healthy Instant Pot Thai chicken soup is everything your body craves on a winter day. So silky smooth, creamy and comforting, it is full of hidden veggies. Then topped with fresh cilantro, lots of roasted peanuts and lime juice. Oh, and crunchy fresh bell pepper is amazing!

Homemade Thai inspired dishes save money, health and taste just as good as restaurant food. Take this Thai coconut chicken curry, Thai cauliflower rice and even homemade Thai chili sauce or peanut sauce. As per my husband’s opinion “Any restaurant would be proud to have this soup on their menu”. Hurry up to wow your significant other right now. I always try to get as many points as I can. You just never know…

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Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup ingredients include sweet potato, chicken breasts, coconut milk, bell pepper, lime, red curry paste

Ingredients You Will Need

Even if you do not cook Thai food on a regular basis, you can grab a few Thai ingredients at any grocery store.

  • Chicken breast or thighs, boneless or bone in, skinless, fresh and even frozen (as long as they are separated).
  • Sweet potato: The secret ingredient is 2 lbs of sweet potatoes. Whoa, that’s a lot of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium. It’s like Thai shrimp curry with butternut squash – no one ever complains.
  • Onion and ginger: I did not add ginger because I didn’t have any on hand. I also think this pressure cooker Thai chicken soup still tastes amazing without ginger. If you want you can add some minced fresh ginger.
  • Coconut milk: Full fat or light, from a can. I like brands like Thai kitchen, 365 or Trader Joe’s because they are not gritty. Either results in best tasting dishes, from Instant Pot chicken curry to lentil curry to vegan vanilla ice cream.
  • Tomato paste: A can of low sodium tomato sauce worked like a charm for me one time.
  • Maple syrup: Good substitute would be honey, coconut or cane sugar. To sweeten the coconut milk and offset the acidity of tomatoes.
  • Peanuts: Look for unsalted, raw or dry roasted. More likely you will find blanched in oil ones.
  • Lime and cilantro – do not skip! They make this Thai chicken soup.
  • Fish sauce and red chili paste are located in international (Asian) section of any grocery store. Both are in glass containers and are not refrigerated.
  • Kaffir lime leaves: Skip at all or add fresh basil at the end. Kaffir lime leaves are sold dry in a bag like bay leaves and are harder to find.
  • Lemongrass: Just like with ginger, I think this Instant Pot Thai chicken soup tastes like Thai food with an addition of limes, peanuts, coconut milk etc. Lemongrass is not widely available. You can add some if you wish.

How to Make Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup

For 3 quart pressure cooker, cut Instant Pot Thai chicken soup recipe ingredients in half but keep same cooking time.

  • Add Ingredients to 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot: chicken, sweet potatoes, onion, coconut milk, tomato paste, water or broth, fish sauce, maple syrup, red chili paste, salt and kaffir lime leaves. No need to stir but if you did by accident – it is fine.
  • Cook on High for 20 minutes, let Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes and then release remaining pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  • Remove and shred chicken on the plate using 2 forks.
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender right inside the pot. Don’t forget to remove kaffir leaves if added before.
  • Add lime juice, cilantro, peanuts and shredded chicken. Stir and serve warm.
how to make Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup

Tips for Best Thai Chicken Soup

  • I recommend to not peel sweet potatoes because first of all, it saves time. I never do whether roasting, sauteing or mashing yams. Secondly, sweet potato skin is full of fiber and potassium. I recommend to buy organic sweet potatoes. They are usually well pre-washed and their skin does not contain harmful pesticides. A rinse at home is enough.
  • I can see how garden sweet potatoes might be hard to clean. In that case, I would peel sweet potatoes.
  • You don’t have to puree the soup. However, pureeing makes Thai coconut chicken soup more thick and creamy. It also helps to hide the vegetables. My kids do not like the soft texture of cooked sweet potato. Once you puree the soup, sweet potato is barely noticeable, similar to squash in healthy broccoli cheddar soup.
  • Please don’t use other milk instead of coconut milk. Canned coconut milk is what makes this soup a Thai soup. Coconut milk from a carton will not work. Please do not use almond milk either.
  • Add noodles like rice vermicelli or flat rice noodles. Add uncooked to the soup when it’s finished. Stir, close the lid (Instant Pot off) and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir and serve.
  • You can make this soup in slow cooker: Cook soup on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours in your crockpot.
  • To make on the stove: Saute onion first and then simmer everything for about 30-40 minutes.
Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup ingredients include shredded chicken, bell pepper, cilantro, lime

How to Store and Make Ahead

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and simmer on low to reheat.

Make Ahead: In an Instant Pot insert or a large bowl, add all ingredients except water, peanuts, limes and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Transfer all the contents into a pressure cooker when ready and cook as per recipe’s instructions.

How to Make a Freezer Meal

  • Instant Pot: Add all ingredients in the order listed in the recipe minus water (broth), peanuts, lime and cilantro. I recommend to swoosh sweet potatoes with chicken around to separate chicken breasts so they don’t cook in a frozen blob. Freeze uncooked in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Cook from frozen on High pressure for 20 minutes, wait 10 minutes and do Quick Release.
  • Slow Cooker: Same freezing instructions as for Instant Pot above. After thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours.
  • After cooking: Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. Using an immersion blender, puree soup right inside the pot. Return chicken back to the pot along with peanuts, lime juice, cilantro and bell peppers (optional). Stir and serve hot.

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Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup
instant pot thai chicken soup

Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup

Easy and creamy Instant Pot Thai Chicken Soup with coconut milk, peanuts, cilantro, lime and full of hidden veggies. Make on the stove, slow cooker or turn into a freezer meal.
4.90 from 28 votes
Servings 8
Calories 481
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1.5 lbs 3 large chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 5 large 2 lbs sweet potatoes, skin on & cubed
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 14 oz can coconut milk full fat
  • 6 oz can tomato paste low sodium
  • 6 cups water or low sodium broth
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves optional
  • 1 cup peanuts chopped
  • 2 limes juice of
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1-2 bell peppers chopped, for garnish and crunch (optional)

Instructions 

  • In 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, add chicken, sweet potatoes, onion, coconut milk, tomato paste, water, fish sauce, maple syrup, red chili paste, salt and kaffir lime leaves. No need to stir but if you did by accident – it is fine.
  • Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  • After Instant Pot has finished cooking, let Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes and then release remaining pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  • Remove chicken onto a plate and shred with 2 forks.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree soup right inside the pot.
  • Return chicken back to the pot along with peanuts, lime juice, cilantro and bell peppers (optional).
  • Stir and serve warm.

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: For up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and simmer on low to reheat.
  • To make this soup in a slow cooker, cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High for 3-4 hours.
  • To cook on the stove, saute onion first. Then simmer everything for about 30-40 minutes.
  • For 3 quart Instant Pot, cut ingredients in half but keep same cooking time.
How to Make a Freezer Meal
  • Instant Pot: Add all ingredients in the order listed in the recipe minus water (broth), peanuts, lime and cilantro. I recommend to swoosh sweet potatoes with chicken around to separate chicken breasts so they don’t cook in a frozen blob. Freeze uncooked in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Cook from frozen on High pressure for 20 minutes, wait 10 minutes and do Quick Release.
  • Slow Cooker: Same freezing instructions as for Instant Pot above. After thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours.
  • After cooking: Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. Using an immersion blender, puree soup right inside the pot. Return chicken back to the pot along with peanuts, lime juice, cilantro and bell peppers (optional). Stir and serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 625mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g
Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: Thai
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was delicious! Will definitely go into the winter soup rotation! Added some Tamarind as I didn’t have any Kaffir lime leaves and thought it was be a good addition. Will try adding some rice noodles next time. Thanks for another winner!

  2. Would adding peanut butter be a problem? I feel like it would add creaminess and more peanut flavor. Also, I kind of want to add red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.

  3. Is there something I can substitute for Coconut milk? I have an allergy to it and I would love to make it if there was something that I could change out for it.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations shared in your blog. Something also important I would like to mention is that weight-loss is not all about going on a fad diet and trying to shed as much weight as you can in a couple of weeks. The most effective way to burn fat is by consuming it slowly and gradually and using some basic tips which can make it easier to make the most through your attempt to lose fat. You may realize and be following many of these tips, however reinforcing understanding never hurts.

  5. This recipe looks delicious! If making this on the stove do I first cook the chicken separately? I don’t have an insta pot 🙂

    1. Hey Amanda, to make this recipe on the stove, saute onion first and then simmer everything (including the chicken) for about 30-40 minutes. Hope that helps!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh My, my, my, is this good stuff! I put this together in a freezer bag an froze. On a school night, I pulled it out and put it into the instant pot for 20 minutes. No thought, no mess, pure bliss! The lime is a great touch. I LOVE cilantro, but didn’t have any on hand. My husband added the peanuts and devoured his bowl. This is a keeper for sure! Thank you for sharing!

    Oh! The first night I had this I put it over brown rice. AWESOME! The leftovers were great as a soup!

    1. That sounds like meal planning at it’s best! Thanks so much for sharing how much your family liked this recipe. I really appreciate it!

  7. Hi! I see red and yellow bell peppers in your photo but they are not listed in the recipe. Do these go into the instant pot or just thrown in at the end? Thanks!

        1. Please don’t hesitate to leave a message letting me know what you think of the recipe once you make it!

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